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Makerspaces

Makerspaces

 

The Wond’ry features five Makerspaces outfitted with state-of-art equipment to take your idea from concept to prototype. The Makerspaces are open to all of the Vanderbilt community and serve as a hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary activity. The mission of these spaces and the Wond’ry Makerspace staff is to provide students, faculty and staff with the tools, training, and resources to pursue their passions and actualize ideas.

To support this mission the Wond’ry offers the following:

  • Shared fabrication tools and equipment for rapid prototyping (e.g. 3D printers), fiber arts (e.g. sewing machine and materials), mold making and casting, as well as circuitry, robotics, and much more
  • Weekly/Monthly training workshops for beginners to become efficient and safe users
  • Short classes offered by makers in the community that focus on skill building through hands-on projects
  • Mentors on hand to assist you with your projects
  • Free use of the space as well as a mix of free and subsidized materials to enable patrons to ‘make’
  • Events with the goal of bringing fabrication communities across the university together to share ideas and innovate together

 

SPECIAL NOTE ON COVID-19 MAKERSPACE PROCEDURES

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Makerspace resources will be available by reservation ONLY.  Individuals without a reservation will not be permitted to inside Wond’ry Makerspaces.

The Wond’ry’s 2nd Floor Lounge has been converted into a series of physically-distanced Maker Stations which are available to be reserved.  Stations are supplied with basic tools and materials.  Some resources, such as sewing and soldering, have specialty Maker Stations which can be reserved.

Standard Vanderbilt mask and social-distancing protocol must be observed while using a Maker Station.

Cleaning and sanitation materials will be provided at each station.  It is the responsibility of the student to sanitize the station before and after use.

3D Printing and Laser Cutting services are available for pickup only.  Email printing/cutting requests and data files to wondrymakerspace@gmail.com to make arrangements.   Finished pieces can be picked up at the table outside the Mechancial Makerspace on the 2nd Floor, near the elevator.  A reservation is not required to come pick up a finished piece.

VR resources in the Emerging Tech Lab–such as headsets–are not available at this time due to safety concerns.

Maker Stations may be reserved in 50-min increments.  Maker Stations are available for reservation at the following times:

August 31, 2020 – November 20, 2020:

  • Monday & Wednesday: 12:00pm – 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

PLEASE NOTE:  Maker Stations are NOT intended for use as study spaces.  Please be courteous to others and only reserve a Maker Station if you need to use it for making.

 

How to Enter a Reservation

Individuals must have taken the 1-hour Safety Seminar prior to making a reservation.

Reservations can be entered on the Wond’ry Innovation Portal by anyone with a VUNet ID.  Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

To Reserve a Maker Station:

  1. Log on to the Wond’ry Innovation Portal with your VUNet ID.
  2. Click on Reserve A Maker Station in the left-hand menu.
  3. Click on the Maker Station you wish to reserve from the list.  Tools available at each station are listed on the site.
  4. A calendar appears at the bottom of each Station page.  Select the date and time desired on the calendar.
  5. Enter your name and email and click Schedule Event.

Your reservation will then be entered and you receive an email confirmation.

If you need to cancel the reservation, follow the instructions in the confirmation email, or email thewondry@vanderbilt.edu.

 

 

The Mechanical Makerspace features rapid prototyping, woodworking, fiber arts, mold making and casting materials and more.

The Electrical Engineering Makerspace features circuitry, electronic, and robotic materials.

How to Get Involved – Safety Seminars @ the Wond’ry

The makerspaces at the Wond’ry are open to all of the Vanderbilt community (students, staff and faculty).

For your safety and the safety of those around you, all Wond’ry makerspace users must complete a safety seminar (approximately 1 hour) to gain access to the makerspace resources and equipment (this includes 3D printing).

Safety seminars will be held virtually for the time being.  Email thewondry@vanderbilt.edu for more information.

The purpose of this safety seminar is to give new comers a lay of the land including:

  • Meeting the Maker Mentors: the student mentors that help run the makerspaces
  • Organization: learning how the makerspace runs and our approach to helping you ‘make’
  • Expectations: learn makerspace rules and member conduct
  • Basic Safety: tour the facilities and participate in tool and equipment safety training

After attending the safety seminar, you will be able to use the makerspaces and basic hand tools for your projects. Additional training to gain access to the other machinery (such as the vacuum former, molding and casting bench, and sewing machine) will be available through separate sessions offered by the Maker Mentors. We have some exciting workshops planned for this semester! Watch our website, social media, or calendar of events for these announcements.

If you have any questions please email the Director of Making, Dr. Kevin Galloway.

 

Kevin Galloway

Director of Making

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